PC A Photoshop always places your image in the center of the
page when printing. If you want your image placed else-
Q (3.0 only) I just installed Windows 95 and Photoshop where on the page, there are two options available.
on my PC. Photoshop seems to run ﬁne, but the box
The easiest way is usually to save your Photoshop docu-
didn’t have one of those Windows 95 stickers on it.
ment in a ﬁle format that can be placed into another appli-
Should I expect problems?
cation (such as TIFF or EPS), then place the image in a page-
A Photoshop should run just ﬁne under Windows 95. layout or illustration program and simply move it to where
Photoshop is a 32-bit application, and the 3.0.4 update (see you want it to appear on the printed page.
the question at the bottom right of this page) is speciﬁcally You can also change where Photoshop
written to take advantage of Windows 95. Adobe is also cur- places your image on a printout by in-
rently working on an additional update to Photoshop that creasing the size of the canvas. Select
will meet all the Windows 95 logo-certiﬁcation require- “Canvas Size…” from the Image menu. In
ments; this update is expected to be available within 90 the “Canvas Size” dialog box, you can en-
days after the ﬁnal release of Windows 95, for a price that ter numerical values for height and width;
hadn’t been determined at press time. Packages shipped af- if you increase either dimension, you can
ter that will come with the Windows 95 sticker on the box. control which side of the image the space
gets added to by clicking parts of the
“Placement” diagram. ( The extra space it adds will be ﬁlled
Q (3.0 only) I’m able to run Photoshop without any with your current background color, so be sure you’ve set
problems, but when I try to launch the Photoshop De-
your background color to white.) Photoshop will still center
luxe Tutorial that comes on the CD, my machine freezes
the canvas on the page when it prints, but your image will
up and I have all kinds of problems. If my computer can
be off-center within the canvas. Note that achieving the ex-
run Photoshop, shouldn’t it be able to run the Deluxe
act page placement you want will probably take some trial
and error. Also, be aware that increasing the canvas size in-
A Not necessarily. The Deluxe Tutorial is not a Photoshop creases the size of the ﬁle. To make an image print
off-center on the page,
document—it’s actually a self-running multimedia program
you can add white space
that requires QuickTime. Chances are you’ve run into a Q (3.0 only) I recently received a CD in the mail with an on one or two sides of it
conﬂict between your video card or driver and QuickTime update to Photoshop 3.0.4. What does it do? using the “Canvas Size”
(QuickTime version 1.1.1 shipped with Photoshop 3.0; dialog box.
QuickTime 2.0.1 shipped with Photoshop 3.0.4). Call the A The 3.0.4 update was sent out in August on CD free of
manufacturer of your video card to ﬁnd out if there’s a dif- charge to all registered users of Photoshop 3.0. The 3.0.4 up-
ferent or updated video driver that will solve the problem. date is a “maintenance release” that includes a few new fea-
tures, and adds enhancements for 604-based Power Mac
systems and improved support for Windows 95.
Q (3.0 only) After upgrading to Windows 95, I’m having New features in both the Macintosh and Windows ver-
problems with some of my Plug-ins, including Gallery
sions of Photoshop 3.0.4 include the addition of a “Scratch
Effects. These all worked when I was running Windows
Disk Efﬁciency” indicator that lets you know the amount of
3.11. Shouldn’t they work with Windows 95?
time Photoshop is accessing the scratch disk; a Float Con-
A Some Plug-ins that were written for 16-bit environments, trols feature that allows users to control how a ﬂoating se-
like Windows 3.x, won’t work correctly in Photoshop under lection interacts with the layer(s) below it; improved import
Windows 95, which is a 32-bit environment. Most Plug-in of Adobe Illustrator ﬁles; added support for TWAIN 36- and
developers are currently updating their products so they 48-bit scanners; and support for online registration.
should work properly with Photoshop and Windows 95. For
information on the availability of 32-bit updates for your
Plug-ins, contact the Plug-in developer.
Photoshop Tip PC/Mac
A 32-bit update to Adobe Gallery Effects should be avail- A ﬁner grid for curves Alt/option-click
able by the time you receive this issue of Adobe Magazine. Ever wished you could increase
Call Adobe Customer Services at (800) 628-2320 for pricing the number of grid squares dis-
and ordering information. played in Photoshop’s “Curves”
dialog box? You can. Simply Alt-
PC/Mac click (Windows) or option-click
(Macintosh) anywhere within
Q Whenever I print a document from Photoshop, the grid area to toggle between
it prints centered on the page. How can I get it not
four and ten grid divisions.
to be centered?
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Photoshop Tip PC/Mac
Creating seamless tiles in Photoshop (3.0 only)
Seamlessly tiled images used as backgrounds for World-Wide Web
pages are becoming increasingly popular with the growing use of
Netscape 1.1 (which, unlike some Web browsers, supports background
images). Seamless tiles—images that when laid out in a grid appear
to be one continuous image—are easy to create in Photoshop.
There are two basic approaches: using an existing image and modi-
fying it so it tiles well, and creating a new tileable image from scratch.
(In either case, make sure the image is small—128 pixels by 128 pixels
works best in most cases.)
If you’re using an existing im-
age, chances are you’ll have to do
some editing along its edges to For example, applying the Adobe Gallery Effects Emboss Plug-in to a
make it tile well. The easiest way clouds texture creates an interesting, stucco-like effect. (Note that
to do so is to choose “Offset…” some ﬁlters can cause changes to the edges of your tile that will need
from the “Other” submenu of the to be cleaned up using the “Offset” ﬁlter, as described above.)
Filter menu. Choose values for Other third-party Plug-ins open up limitless possibilities for seam-
the horizontal and vertical offset less tiles, including KPT Texture Explorer and KPT Seamless Welder,
that are roughly half the image’s from HSC Software; Alien Skin’s Textureshop; MicroFrontier’s Pattern
dimensions along those axes, Original image Workshop; Andromeda’s Series-1 Designs; and Xaos Tools’ Terrazzo
and set the “Undeﬁned (which stands out for its ability to create nonrectangular images remi-
Areas” option to “Wrap niscent of kaleidoscopes or mystical symbols).
Around.” This will let you When you’re done creating or modifying your image, check to make
see how the edges will sure it really tiles seamlessly. Select the entire image (press Ctrl + A in
work when you tile. Then, Windows or Command + A on the Mac) and choose “Deﬁne Pattern”
using the rubber-stamp from the Edit menu. Next, open up a new document that’s large
tool, sample portions of enough to ﬁt the tile in many times over. In the new document, select
the image and clone them over “Fill…” from the Edit menu; in the “Contents” ﬁeld of the “Fill” dialog
the vertical and horizontal box, select “Pattern.” Click “OK.” Your document will be ﬁlled with your
seams. Resample from many dif- tiles. If it checks out OK, you can then save your tile document into
ferent sources within the image whatever format you’re using for your Web-page graphics.
so you don’t get a noticeable rep-
etition. If you’re careful, you
should be able to eliminate any
remnants of the seams. (When
you’re ﬁnished ﬁxing the seam,
you can leave the image offset— Offset filter applied
that won’t affect how it tiles—or,
if you prefer, you can use the Offset ﬁlter again with identical but
negative values, to put the image back together.) To check your work,
see the instructions in the last paragraph of this tip.
Making your own tileable image offers a lot more ﬂexibility. Several
ﬁlters that ship with Photoshop will create seamless images that don’t
require any additional modiﬁcation. Version 3.0’s Clouds and Differ-
ence Clouds ﬁlters (found on the Render submenu of the Filters menu)
are underappreciated ﬁlters that generate beautiful, organic-looking
cloud textures based on your foreground and background colors.
Images created using these ﬁlters are likely to tile well as long as your
tile size is 128 pixels by 128 pixels (or some multiple of 128 pixels).
Photoshop’s Add Noise and Extrude ﬁlters can also create quick and
easy seamless tiles.
Once you’ve generated a texture using one of these ﬁlters, you can
use other ﬁlters (or other techniques) to make them more interesting. New document ﬁlled with new pattern
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any number there, you’re running version 3.0. If you see a
Photoshop Tip Mac number, that’s the version number you’re running—3.0.4 is
the latest version.
Custom icons for your desktop On the Mac, select the Photoshop 3.0 program icon while
in the Finder, and choose “Get Info” from the File menu (or
When you view a Photoshop document in the Finder, it may appear with an icon
type Command + I) to open Photoshop’s “Info” dialog box.
that displays a miniature version of the document (depending on what “View”
The version number is listed on the line just above the
options you’re using). You can use this feature to create custom icons for other
programs and documents. Here’s how. “Comments” box. If you’ve got the latest update, the version
First, create the artwork you want for the icon as a Photoshop document. Be- number should be 3.0.4.
See the end of the previous answer for information on
fore you close, make sure the image-preview icon is enabled (choose “General…”
obtaining the update.
from the File menu’s Preferences submenu; in the “General Preferences” dialog
box, click the “More…” button; in the “More Preferences” dialog box, under “Im-
age Previews,” check the “Always Save” button and the “Icon” option). Then save Q (3.0 only) I’d like to use nonprinting guides in a
and close your document. Photoshop document, like the ones I use in PageMaker.
In the Finder, click on the document once to select it, and choose “Get Info” Is there any way to do this?
from the File menu (or press Command + I). In the “Info” dialog box, click once on
the image-preview icon, which appears in the upper-left cor- A Not directly, but you can create lines on a separate layer
ner, and choose “Copy” from the Edit menu (or press Com- and use them as guides to help you arrange objects in your
mand + C). Close the “Info” dialog box. Then select the icon of document. First create a new layer, select it, and delete all
the pixels in it (press Ctrl + A in Windows or Command + A
the ﬁle into which you want to paste the custom icon, bring
on the Mac, and then press the Backspace or Delete key),
up the “Info” dialog box, select the icon, and paste.
making the layer transparent. Then use Photoshop’s line
tool to draw whatever guide lines you want.
The Windows version includes improved performance On the Macintosh, there’s also a shrewdly designed Plug-
with Win32s and improved support for many 16-bit Plug-ins in called “Grid” by Chris Cox that will draw you a grid of
and the HP 16-bit TWAIN scanning module. There is also regularly spaced lines in the currently selected layer of your
extensive optimization for Windows 95, including right Photoshop document; you can specify the spacing and
mouse-button conﬁguration for Photoshop’s Commands thickness of horizontal and vertical lines, and whether you
palette; support for ﬁlenames up to 256 characters; registry want them drawn using your current background or fore-
of application and ﬁle icons; and support for Universal Nam- ground color. “Grid” is shareware; to ﬁnd it on America
ing Convention (UNC) path names. Online, go to the Macintosh Graphics Forum (keyword MGR)
The Macintosh version includes improved support for the and search for “ChrisCox.”
new Power Macintosh computers that use the Motorola However you generate these lines, remember that they
PowerPC 604 processor (including the Power Macintosh are not nonprinting—before you print, make their layer in-
8500 and 9500 series)—several functions (including Skew, visible or delete it. If you’re ﬂattening your document, you’ll
Rotate, Gaussian Blur, and many path operations) will ex- have to delete the layer ﬁrst or the grid lines will become a
ecute signiﬁcantly faster than in version 3.0. Also included permanent (and visible) part of your image.
are an HSB/HSL Plug-in, a fat-binary Kodak Photo CD Plug-
in, an improved DirectBits Plug-in, and a fat-binary version Power Mac
of Adobe Type Manager.
All registered users of Photoshop 3.0 should have re-
Q (3.0 only) I have a new Performa 6200 and I can’t get
Photoshop to run. Every time I try to launch the pro-
ceived a copy of the 3.0.4 update by now, free of charge, on
gram it tells me there’s not enough memory. I have 64
CD. If you haven’t received it, contact Adobe Customer Ser-
megabytes of RAM—isn’t that enough?
vices at (800) 628-2320.
A That should be plenty of RAM. You’ve encountered a
Q (3.x only) I have some version of Photoshop 3 on my problem with the new Power Mac 5200 and Performa 6200
series models, which are based on the PowerPC 603 chip. If
computer, but I’m not sure if I have the latest update
you don’t load the “Macintosh Easy Open” Control Panel
installed or not. Is there any easy way to tell what ver-
when you start up one of these Macs, Photoshop won’t
sion I’m running so I don’t have to reinstall?
launch. The solution: either use Extensions Manager (or a
A Sure. On the PC, with Photo- similar utility) to activate Macintosh Easy Open, or manually
shop running, select “About move it into the “Control Panels” folder in the System Folder.
Adobe Photoshop…” from Then restart your Mac. Photoshop should now launch just
Photoshop’s Help menu. In the ﬁne. If you don’t want Easy Open to be active, you can go to
“Adobe Photoshop 3.0” dialog the “Macintosh Easy Open” Control Panel and turn it off
box, look below the artwork (and you may not want it active, since it can cause import-
over on the right side under- ing problems in PageMaker)—but the control panel itself
neath the eye. If you don’t see does need to load at startup.
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